We would be grateful if the Trustees of the Savernake Estate would reconsider their blanket ban on jump biking in Chisbury Wood, Great Bedwyn, Nr Marlborough. It would be a positive response to the young people of the area, if the Trustees would look again, at working with the local community to permit a limited number of jumps in the woods.
I am 44 and I still like getting down in the mud. These tracks are a great way for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and should be encouraged not destroyed. Those involved in both sides should get together and discuss how to minimise any environmental disturbance while opening up the area to this healthy sport. With correct management these projects can be beneficial to all involved.
Ever wondered why there are so many teenagers drinking themselves to almost-death / sitting in front of their Computer all day / becoming hooligans?
...Because this f'in society doesn't give much opportunities...
Don't give up guys! You've done a great job there!
Trustees of the Savernake Estate,
As a steward of the land I bring forth to you the concept of the seventh generation, created by our Native Tribes. Seven generation sustainability is an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future.
The building of jumps in forest, when done with respect, is not harmful to the environment. To the contrary it teaches our youth to respect the forest and the earth and allows them to learn about nature first hand by giving them a sustainable activity which encourages interaction with the land.
There are infinite uses for the forest. Wise leaders allow for many uses which benefit many groups without doing harm.
Consider how easily the work of the jump builders was returned to the earth. In a year or two the understory will have filled in and little evidence will exist of any disturbance.
Allowing our youth to express themselves in a way that can easily be reversed should be a high priority of our society. Instead we sadly see change as threatening and our unwillingness to compromise creates distrust amongst generations.
Will jumps in the forest be detrimental 7 generations from now ? or will the benefits gained be a contributing factor in a more trusting society ?
Be wise leaders and let the youth have a place to experiment. Open channels of communication and smartly use this opportunity to exchange information between the generations.
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